Work History

Work History
2009 - Present

Neurosurgeon & Psychiatrist

Seton Brain & Spine Institute




St. Louis University School of Medicine

M.D. with Honors and Distinction in Research.


Medicine, Surgery, Neurology


Licensed as a Physician and Surgeon by Medical Boards of both Texas and California, Dr. Buchanan is also certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American Board of Neurological Surgery. In addition to holding Associate and Clinical Associate Professorships at both The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas Southwestern, Dr. Robert Buchanan, MD, currently serves as Chief of Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery & Neuroscience at Austin’s Seton Healthcare Brain and Spine Institute. Because of his committment to patient safety and advocacy, he was chosen to serve as a member of the Seton Board of Trustees Ethics Committee. Dr. Buchanan has also been awarded well over a million dollars to conduct research to treat and cure epilpesy, Pakinson's disease, and other neuropsychiatric diseases. After graduating with honors from the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Dr. Buchanan served a brief internship at the University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital before undertaking duel residencies in Psychiatry and Neurosurgery at the University of California at San Diego. He has also completed post-doctoral specialty fellowships at UCSD, Yale University, and The Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Over the course of his studies, Dr. Buchanan garnered a variety of awards and honors including a MD with Distinction in Research accolade from SLU and an Outstanding Resident Award from the National Institute of Mental Health.In his present role at the Seton Healthcare Brain and Spine Institute, Dr. Robert Buchanan, MD, performs routine neurosurgical procedures and provides specialty treatment for patients suffering from illnesses such as epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, Tourette syndrome, dystonia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. When he isn’t working directly with patients or medical students, he is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the Texas Medical Association. Because he is Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Neurosurgery, he was recently named to the "Psychiatric Neurosurgery Committee," a national council overseeing the surgical treatment of patients with psychiatric disorders.